The Bible guides us in some areas by broader, more general principles and ideas we can build on as we strive to live the Christian life in practical ways.
In either case, no area of life falls totally outside of the guidance and authority of God's Word.
Worse, it has brought great dishonor to the name of Christ and to the witness of individuals and the church. For Christians, the Lord has given us His Word, and the Holy Spirit helps us to understand it.
We have brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us accountable and to help us apply the Word to our lives.
I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).
That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to dating, finding a spouse and getting married.
The answers he brings may be different from anything you've heard before.
The topics he's going to be dealing with are ones in which equally committed Christians have found different biblical interpretations.
Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.
Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.